TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Bait Slingin'

I grew up in Wisconsin and learned to fish with my grandfather Thomas Richard Graham. I used to sit in an aluminum Alumacraft fishing boat on a lake. Because of this fact, I will admit that I still throw a spin or spinner bait on some of the reservoirs around my home. I won't throw a spoon on river but I don't have any fear of throwing a lure out on a lake when given the chance and the opportunity to catch a fish. This page will be any thoughts or notes I might have in regards to bait and lure slingin. If you don't like the fact that I will fish with a spinning or casting reel well I am sorry but I like all kinds of fishing.


I decided that today was a great day to add a little to this page since I finally got through the bait slingin' catalog that I have been looking forward to getting all year long. What could make me this excited? How about The Bass Pro Shop

This is an amazing read to see what all is available on the market right now for fishing. There are way to many pages to describe but I can tell you I could spend a large amount of money on items from this catalog. That being said, I think I will definitely be doing some bait slingin' close to home this year on the days that I cannot get to a river. I will be adding a few things to this in terms of some of the cooler items I have found in the catalog over the next few days so please feel free to come back and check them out.


Chris Stewart said...

Grasshopper, I'll follow this section as closely as I do the tenkara section. If you look back at some of the early books on fly fishing, it seems that fly fishermen then did not look down their nose at bait fishing, and fishing "the upstream worm" in low, clear water was seen as just as challenging as fishing with flies.

Also, fishing with long telescopic rods and light lines but using bait rather than flies is actually much more popular in Japan than tenkara (and has all the same advantages with respect to drag-free drifts). The big rod companies have ten times as many models devoted to bait fishing as they do to tenkara. Not sure it would catch on here, but there is no need to ever apologize for loving all types of fishing.

Graham Moran said...

I agree Chris. What I find personally funny about the personal attitude to bait slingin' and fly fishing is that flies are based on live creatures and if you look at almost all streamers, they are tied to resemble a bait fish. And I can tell you from experience growing up in Wisconsin, we used to scout areas of the channels between the lakes with minnows to see if there was anything there and then we would change to lures because the life span of a lure was much longer than a natural bait.

I am not sure how much I will be posting here but knowing that someone is watching this page is very cool and I appreciate your comment.

So, for anyone who reads this comment to Chris, I don't apologize for my methods of fishing. I will stay true to the ethics of Tenkara and fly fishing the western style but I will still be a bait slinger when the situation arises.

Joel said...

I couldn't agree more, Graham. I grew up drowning nightcrawlers and didn't pick up a fly rod or a bobbin until college. It's all about what works the water you're fishing.

Graham Moran said...


I think and know that 99% of the fishermen out there. Fly fisherman, deep sea anglers, et al., do have a traditional spinning reel and rod somewhere in there collection whether they want to admit it or not.